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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on John 20:30-31 (NIV).

Monday: Read John 20:25 (NIV). Like Thomas, what doubts do you have about life, faith, and God? Everybody lives by faith in something or someone. How do you keep your faith aligned with God when doubt comes?

Tuesday: Read John 20:27 (NIV). How does Jesus deal with Thomas’ doubts? How has God helped you in dealing with your own doubts? Where do you go with your doubts? How can you help someone who, like Thomas, is dealing with doubt?

Wednesday: Read John 20:28-29 (NIV). What questions do you have for God? What answers have you experienced from God to your questions? Jesus blesses us in verse 29 for believing (and then seeing). As you look to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, what leads you to believe? Why?

Thursday: Read Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV). When doubts come, don’t use them as an escape from God, but a straight path to God. Where do you need to lean into trusting God at this point in your life?

Friday: Read John 20:30-31 (NIV). All the stories John includes in his gospel account, including the three involving Thomas (John 11, John 14, and John 20), remind us that God meets us in everyday life with His presence, peace, and power. Where do you need to remember that God is present in your life? Where do you need to experience His peace? Where do you need a touch of His power? Most amazing of all, where is He leading you to bring His presence, peace, and power to someone else’s life?

Saturday: Read Ephesians 3:20 (NIV). God meets us on all the roads of life: Hope Highway, Doubt Drive, Worry Way…What name would you give to the path of life on which God has you right now? Take Paul’s affirmation of God to heart, pray the boldest prayer you can imagine for the path of life before you. Write that prayer down and see what God will do!

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Act: How Do I Share My Faith With Those Who Don’t Know God?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Ephesians 6:19-20 (page 320) as part of our BELIEVE series.

Monday: Read Ephesians 6:19-20 (BELIEVE p. 330). Pray for those who like Paul (and you) share their faith with others.

  1. whenever: Pray for opportunity to share Jesus in works and words as you serve.
  2. words may be given: Pray for an ear to hear and a heart and mouth to share who Jesus is and the difference He makes in people’s lives.
  3. ambassador: Pray for the responsibility of representing God’s kingdom in this world.
  4. fearlessly: Pray for courage for yourself and others to live and share Jesus.

Tuesday: Read Matthew 5:13 (BELIEVE p. 324). Ask God to be salt to others, so that Christianity is centered in a relationship of what Jesus has done for each of us. Ask God to make you the proper amount of salt needed in each situation to add flavor, spice, preservative, and to enhance the love of Jesus.

Wednesday: Read Colossians 4:6 (BELIEVE p. 330). Ask God for two relationships in life: a close relationship with other believers in Jesus to help you grow spiritually deep and contact with those who do not know Jesus, that you might be part of the fishing net used by God to connect others to Jesus.

Thursday: Read Matthew 5:14-16 (BELIEVE p. 324). Reflect on the gift of forgiveness Jesus has given you, and how He has crossed the bridge and led you to a living relationship with God now and for all eternity. Then ask the Holy Spirit to give you an opportunity to share your faith story with someone else.

Friday: Read Acts 1:8 (BELIEVE p. 327). Where do you need the Holy Spirit’s power to be a witness for Jesus? Where might the Holy Spirit be leading you to share your faith in San Diego? Around the world?

Saturday: Read Matthew 5:13-16 (BELIEVE p. 324). Pray about who God wants you to invite to join us on Easter Sunday to experience the power of Easter. Ask Him to provide the opportunity and courage to invite them to either the 6:30 a.m. service on Mount Helix or one of the sanctuary services at 9 and 11 a.m.

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Act: How Do I Best Use My Resources to Serve God and Others?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on 2 Corinthians 8:7 (page 304) as part of our BELIEVE series.

Monday: Read Matthew 2:9-11 (BELIEVE p. 313). Why do you give gifts at Christmas? When was the last time you would describe your giving of resources God provides as being “overjoyed”? Pray for God to give you an opportunity to respond and be overjoyed in your giving today.

Tuesday: Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 (BELIEVE p. 316). In what ways are the Macedonians examples of how to best give one’s resources to serve God and others? Is there a specific way they demonstrate where you would like to see growth in your own life of giving and generosity?

Wednesday: Read 2 Corinthians 9:7 (BELIEVE p. 318). How have you experienced such cheerful (literally, “hilarious”) giving in your life? What motivates you to be a cheerful giver?

Thursday: Read 2 Corinthians 8:5 (BELIEVE p. 316) and the great set of questions on page 318 in BELIEVE: On a scale of 1-10, evaluate your level of generosity. What has helped you become more generous? What still causes you to hold back?

Friday: Read 2 Corinthians 9:7 (BELIEVE p. 318). As a follow up to yesterday’s questions, look at the pathway to excel in giving. Circle where you are:

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How have you seen your giving and generosity grow? When did you discover that giving was more than money, but all of life? When did you realize giving generously also included money?

Saturday: Read 2 Corinthians 8:5 & 2 Corinthians 9:7 (BELIEVE p. 316 & p. 318). Why is it important to God that we not only excel in the grace of giving but also in becoming a cheerful giver? Where do you need to pray for wisdom and courage to excel in the grace of giving? Where do you need to pray to be more cheerful in your giving?

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Act: How Do I Best Use My Time To Serve God And Others?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Colossians 3:17 (page 289) as part of our BELIEVE series.

Monday: Read Colossians 3:17 (BELIEVE p. 289). Look at the four quadrants on page 1. Think about the day ahead in each quadrant. How can you live aware of God’s presence in each momhttps://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+5%3A16&version=NIVent for today? 

Tuesday: Read Ephesians 5:15-17 (BELIEVE p. 302). Re-read these verses and personalize them as written especially for you. Think about a decision you are facing. Pray through your answer to the Andy Stanley question: What is the wise thing to do? 

Wednesday: Read Ephesians 5:15 (BELIEVE p. 302). Think about a decision you are facing. Pray through your answer to the Andy Stanley question: What is the wise thing to do…in light of your past experiences…in light of your present circumstances …in light of your future hopes and dreams?

Thursday: Read Ephesians 5:16 (BELIEVE p. 302). The Greeks have two words for time. One is chronos (think calendar date), the other is kairos (think season or special moment). Track where your time goes today. How did you see God at work in your chronos time? What is your kairos moment where God might be inviting you to lean into and learn from Him?

Friday: Read Ephesians 5:17 (BELIEVE p. 302). How does understanding God’s will for your life influence how you face life each day? Where are you praying for God to give clarity in knowing His will? How has He been leading your use of time this week

Saturday: Read Colossians 3:17 (BELIEVE p. 289). To be incarnational with our time is to bring Jesus into all of life. Who I Am -> What I Do -> Result. In other words, who you are, and even more, who God is making you to be, determines what you do and influences the results you get. Take some time to work through this grid to see where God is working in your life and where you need Him to work.

Who I Am                            What I Do            Result

Ex. Lifelong learner          Apply what            I learn Growth

1. ____________            ________        ___________

2. ____________           ________        ___________

3. ____________           ________        ___________

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Act: What Gifts And Skills Has God Given Me To Serve Others?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Romans 12:4-6a as part of our BELIEVE series.  Four big ideas from this week's message include:

  1. We all have gifts and skills that we can use to serve others.
  2. God will take your ordinary and make it extraordinary.
  3. “Each one of us was designed by God to be a tool that could change the course of human history.”Bill Hybels
  4.  You can determine your own spiritual gifts via this online tool - Spiritual Gift Analysis.

Monday: Read John 14:16 and John 14:26 (BELIEVE p. 281). Jesus promises the Holy Spirit will teach us all things. So what has the Holy Spirit been teaching you about your skills and gifts? What areas of life would you like to see His direction with your skills and gifts? 

Tuesday: Read Romans 12:6a (BELIEVE p. 284). Think of 5 people you know. What are their unique gifts and skills they use to serve others? What is the same and different among your 5 people and their gifts and skills? What have others identified as your gifts and skills that have served them?

Wednesday: Read Daniel 2:19 (BELIEVE p. 278). In Daniel’s response to Nebuchadnezzar, three aspects of Daniel’s spiritual maturity shine: 1) His patient wisdom in response to the king’s pressure and crisis. 2) His prayer in seeking God for the answer. 3) His praise to God when he receives and shares that answer with others. How can Daniel’s example lead you to help someone else with a problem they are facing? Which of these three areas would you like the Spirit to bring forth growth in your life in the next 90 days

Thursday: Read 1 Peter 4:10 (BELIEVE p. 286). What do others receive when we use the gifts and skills God has given us? What do they miss when we don’t? In the week ahead, how might you use the gifts and skills God has given you to bless others in your family? In our church? At your work? In our community? To a stranger? 

Friday: Read Romans 12:4 (BELIEVE p. 284). Where have you found your greatest joy in serving others? How are you continuing that service at this stage of your life? Where might the Holy Spirit be calling you to serve this year?

Saturday: Read Romans 12:5 (BELIEVE p. 284). Where have you been served by others using their skills and gifts? Take time to thank God for what they have done (and are doing) and then write them a thank you note and send it to them today.

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Act: How Do I Develop Healthy Relationships With Others?

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Pastor John delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Acts 2:44-47 and Acts 4 as part of our BELIEVE series.

Monday:Read Ephesians 4:1-7. This is a beautiful passage in which Paul writes about Christian fellowship. What does Paul urge us to do as part of God's family? What does he warn us not to be doing? What binds us together in oneness?

Tuesday: Read 1 John 4:11, 1 John 4:21, Galatians 6:2, and Galatians 6:6.  The word "fellowship" comes from the Greek work koinonia, which can mean "sharing in common." Goad has given you much to share. As you read these verses, determine what you can share with others and one practical way to share it.

Wednesday: Read Hebrews 10:24-25 and Hebrews 3:13. What is the purpose of meeting together as believers? Why is it important to encourage one another daily? Why is fellowship important to you?  How have you benefited from relating to other followers of Jesus?

Thursday: Read 1 Corinthians 12:14-27. The church is called the Body of Christ. In this body each believer is given different but important opportunities in this body. Who gave the members their various functions? (1 Corinthians 12:18) What are some of His desires? (1 Corinthians 12:24-26) What attitude can lead to disharmony in the Body? (1 Corinthians 12:15-16, & 1 Corinthians 12:21) Do you ever struggle with feeling superior or inferior to others in the Body? If so, how do you deal with these feelings? (1 Corinthians 12:20-22)

Friday: Read Ephesians 4:11-16. Who is to equip the saints so they can do the work of the ministry? (Ephesians 4:11) What are some of the ultimate goals of biblical community? (Ephesians 4:13-16) What particular “work of service” (Ephesians 4:12) are you active in right now that God is using to build up others in the Body of Christ?

Saturday: Read 1 Corinthians 9:11 and 1 Corinthians 9:14. Meditate on this reading about the support of those who are appointed to preach and teach in the family of God. What instructions are you given? Are you presently giving back to God part of what He is giving you? What does God want you to do with regard to prayer and financial support for your spiritual leaders?

You can Go Deeper this week by:

  • Memorizing This Week’s Memory Verse: Acts 2:44-47  (BELIEVE p. 256) "All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."
  • Memorizing This Week’s BELIEVE Key Idea: "I fellowship with Christians to accomplish God's purposes in my life, in the lives of others, and in the world."

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Act: How Do I Cultivate A Life Of Sacrificial Service?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Romans 12:1.

Monday: Read Romans 12:1 (BELIEVE p. 240) and Acts 7:54-56 (BELIEVE p. 254).  When was a tough time you realized God was right beside you? Where do you need to be reminded God is with you now? Who do you know that could use some "God is with you" encouragement? When and how will you give that encouragement

Tuesday: Read Romans 12:1 (BELIEVE p. 240) and Acts 7:59-60 (BELIEVE p. 254). God’s ready to help even before we call Him, even in tough situations like forgiving others. What do you learn from Stephen’s example in Acts? Where might you need to pray “Lord, do not hold this sin against them?”

Wednesday: Read Romans 12:1 (BELIEVE p. 240) and Daniel 3:16-18 (BELIEVE p. 243-244). What do you notice about the faith of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego? How do they show total surrender in this verse, as well as total trust in God? Where might you need to remind yourself, even if God does not answer our prayer the way we hope (like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego), we will still follow Him?

Thursday: Read Romans 12:1 (BELIEVE p. 240) and Daniel 3:25 (BELIEVE p. 244). Christians see Jesus as the fourth one in the furnace. Total surrender to God is not to One who abandons us, but is with us. Though Jesus is not calling you into a literal furnace, where do you sense the Spirit calling you to sacrifice in your life?

Friday: Read Romans 12:1 (BELIEVE p. 240) and Daniel 3:28 (BELIEVE p. 244). Dedicated sacrifice is not our only gift to God. Often it is the gift God uses to lead others to know Him. How does this work for Nebuchadnezzar? How have you seen this work in your life and through your life? 

Saturday: Read Romans 12:1 (BELIEVE p. 240) and Luke 9:23-25 (BELIEVE p. 247). What is unique about Jesus words in Luke (compared to Matthew and Mark) is when he says, “Daily.” Sacrifice is not just a one-time big event, but a daily commitment to walk with Christ. As you have read Romans 12:1 each day and worked through the questions this week, where is God calling for you to live out His presence in this world? What holds you back from total surrender? How do you sense God calling you to total surrender? 

You can Go Deeper this week by:

  • Memorizing This Week’s Memory Verse: Romans 12:1 (BELIEVE p. 240) "I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship."
  • Memorizing This Week’s BELIEVE Key Idea: "I dedicate my life to God's purpose."
  • Consider Reading: All In by Mark Batterson

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Act: How do I keep my focus on Jesus amidst distractions?

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Pastor John delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Matthew 14:22-32.

Monday: Read Deuteronomy 6:1-9. This passage is a call to obedience to God. Why is this call so important? Obedience to God is important because it demonstrates our love for him and our submission to his authority. As you read this passage, what are the promises that God attached to Israel’s obedience? Where in your household do you see obedience and disobedience to God? What can you do to change this?

Tuesday: Read Matthew 6:19-24. What “treasures” may be keeping you from being single-minded? What does this passage say about our eyes? How do your eyes serve as a spiritual blessing to you and in what way are they leading you to a second “master?” What other masters are there in your household that are keeping God’s grace hidden?

Wednesday: Read Philippians 3:7-11. The Apostle Paul wrote this passage. How does Paul demonstrate his single-mindedness? At the end of Verse 8, what does Paul call the distractions of his previous life? What rubbish has piled up in your household? How can worshipping, connecting, learning, and serving at Christ Lutheran Church help you to clean house? Which of these do you need to strengthen?

Thursday: Read Acts 17:10-12. How did the people of Berea keep their eyes focused on God? What can you and your household learn from this? If you have children what can you do to help them love the Bible and Jesus? To make your answer a reality, what has to stop and what has to start?

Friday: Read Psalm 95:1-6. This psalm paints a beautiful picture of worship. Make a list of the activities of worship that are in this psalm. What are some of the stated reasons why we worship God? What distractions and activities may be keeping you and your household away from worship? How can “worship” take place in your household?

Saturday: Read Colossians 3:15-17. How does this passage describe single-mindedness and how does this description help you to understand single-mindedness? What great gift does God give our hearts when they are set on things above? Say a prayer asking God to give you a heart and mind that are set on things above.

You can Go Deeper this week by:

  • Memorizing This Week’s Memory Verse: Matthew 6:33 (BELIEVE p. 225) "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
  • Memorizing This Week’s BELIEVE Key Idea: "I focus on God and his priorities for my life."

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.


Act: How Do I Study God's Word

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Hebrews 4:12 (BELIEVE p. 209) that focuses on STUDYING THE BIBLE!  The key idea is "Use the 3 A's in your study of God's Word this week":

  • Adore: What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank Him?
  • Admit: What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
  • Aspire: What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?

So, this week read the daily recommended scripture and then use the 3 A's questions.

Monday: Read Matthew 13:23.

Tuesday: Read Psalm 119:10.

Wednesday: Read Psalm 119:11.

Thursday: Read Joshua 1:7.

Friday: Read Joshua 1:8.

Saturday: Read Psalm 119:105.

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Act: How Do I Grow by Communicating with God?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Psalm 66:18-20 (BELIEVE p. 192) that focuses on PRAYER!  The key idea is "I pray to God to know Him, to find direction for my life, and to lay my requests before Him."

Monday: Read Judges 7:9-11a (BELIEVE p. 202). What does it mean for your prayer life that God knows you so well? How has God spoken into your life in a way that shows He personalizes His message to who You are? How does this help you grow in an intimate relationship with God?

Tuesday: Read Luke 11:2a and Luke 11:11-13 (BELIEVE p. 207). Outside of praying the Lord’s Prayer, how often do you refer to God as Father in your prayers? What name do you use most often when praying to God? Why? How might learning more of the names of God help you to grow in your prayer life? (See the book recommendation by Ann Spangler)

Wednesday: Read Luke 11:2b (BELIEVE p. 207). John Ortberg paraphrases this part of the Lord’s Prayer: “Lord, make up there come down here.”  Where do you need heaven to touch earth in your life? In your relationships? In your work? In your family?

Thursday: Read Philippians 4:8-9 (BELIEVE p. 208). Paul calls us to put into practice and to follow his habits (put into practice). Along with the Bible, where do you find your greatest source of noble, trustworthy, excellent thoughts? What spiritual habits are your best? What is one spiritual habit you would like to improve in 2016? (This is a great request for the Holy Spirit in prayer!)

Friday: Read Luke 11:3-4 (BELIEVE p. 207). Do you have a prayer request you make daily at this time in your life?  How might you grow in remembering to trust God for His daily provision?

Saturday: Read Philippians 4:6-7 (BELIEVE p. 208). What worry do you need to flip into worship? Use the Anxiety -> Thanksgiving -> Request to God pattern.

  • Anxiety: _______________________
  • Thanksgiving: _______________________
  • Request to God: _______________________

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